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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Like the rest of the XC90, the cabin exudes a robust and solid feel, although it's not quite as stylish as some of Volvo's newer models such as the 2007 XC70. There are quite a lot of buttons and switches which take a little getting used to, but there's no question mark over the quality of the finish or the materials used. The driving position is good and visibility is excellent, although the size and bulk of the XC90 means parking can be a challenge - fortunately rear parking sensors come as standard on all models.

The optional sat nav was upgraded when the model was facelifted in 2006 and is now a hard disk system (rather than DVD) making it quicker to use.

Quiet and smooth on the motorway, Volvo XC90 comfort levels mean it is ideal for family transport and this is helped further by the fact that all models come with seven seats as standard. The extra seats in the third row are quite tight for space, but they're no worse than any other off-roader this size, plus there's enough room for children. However adults will find severely restricted knee and head room.

On the plus side, there's plenty of room elsewhere and Volvo is renowned for having the most comfortable seats around, although there's a lack of side support. Wind and engine noise are low, although the diesels can be noisy under hard acceleration.